What is Nutmeg?
Have you ever heard about the Myristica fragrans evergreen tree before?
If yes, so I think you might know about “nutmeg” – a seed that is produced by this type of evergreen tree. Nutmeg is a common seed that is farmed mostly in tropical areas all over the world.
If it is just because of the tiny size of this seed, you think it does not have any benefits, then you are making a big mistake. Let me tell you why.
The portion of nutrients in the nutmeg is considered as one of the highest portions among all types of nuts. As the result, the seed itself can bring to you a lot of health and beauty benefits that you might be surprised.
In addition, nutmeg is also used as a spice in various cuisines in the world. It brings the sweetness to the foods. The seed can also enhance the taste of food and make the food more aromatic with just a small amount of it.
So what are the components contained inside the nut bringing it a lot of amazing benefits? They are potassium, iron, manganese, thiamin, folate, magnesium, copper and vitamins including B1, B6.
Furthermore, today people are also using this seed as a natural cure for numerous diseases due to its diverse beneficial properties such as psychoactive, antispasmodic, anti–inflammatory properties.
So let’s take a look at how this incredible seed affects our bodies for avoiding some health problems and preventing numerous dangerous diseases.
Here I will show you the most important 10 health benefits of nutmeg and how to use the seed in the right way to get the highest result after all.
1. Reducing depression and anxiety
If you are having a massive headache facing to numerous stressful problems in your life nowadays, and you are suffering from depression or even anxiety, this natural remedy is definitely the right answer for all those stressful things happening in your life. There is nothing better than nutmeg in term of reducing depression and anxiety.
This amazing seed consists of myristicin and elemicin. These prominent compounds in nutmeg work together to relax human brain. The seed itself also can act as a mild sedative.
In addition, nutmeg have the ability to promote the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain. This could help human body and brain to be able to “fight” depression and anxiety in life.
So if you do want to let stress ruin your mood in a day, why don’t you give nutmeg a try, and then, trust me, you can see various numerous benefits from it.
But it does not mean that you can use the seed of nutmeg as much as you want. Here is the way that is highly recommended for people who want to copes with their stress in life:
- Take a small amount of nutmeg powder and mix it with a tablespoon of Indian gooseberry juice.
- Drink the mixture twice daily to relax your brain and relieve your tension.
2. Improving the sharpness of brain
The main components that we can find in nutmeg are myristicin and macelignan, which are the essential oil of this seed. This gives nutmeg the ability to improve the sharpness of human brain and memory capacities.
In addition, scientists nowadays discovered other benefits that nutmeg can bring to our bodies is that it also can help to maintain neural pathways in the brain and protect them against degradation.
In fact, ancient Romans and Greek civilizations acknowledged about beneficial properties of nutmeg. They even used the seed as a tonic for brain and drank it to prepare for mental challenges. They believed that nutmeg could improve their concentration and the ability to focus.
Last but not least, this amazing seed could also inhibits an enzyme that contributes to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- It is recommended to take a glass of warm water and mix it with a little bit nutmeg powder. Take it everyday once before you go to sleep.
3. Preventing Insomnia
If you find it is really difficult for you to fall asleep at night, then you should give nutmeg a try. It has been considered as a natural cure for sleeplessness and insomnia due to its sedative and calming properties for a long time. The seed could help you to relax your brain and fall asleep easier.
So what is the element inside nutmeg giving it such an amazing ability to prevent insomnia?
It is Magnesium. Magnesium is rich in nutmeg, this element is also a fundamental mineral in the body that could help to reduce the nerve stress in the brain and promote the production of serotonin. Serotonin is derived into melatonin in the brain. If you do not have any ideas about what melatonin is, it acts as a factor to induce relaxation or sedation.
As the result, you would feel more relax and can enjoy your sleep comfortably every night.
- So it is recommended for you to have a pinch of nutmeg, some almonds and cardamom in a glass of warm milk before you go to bed at night.
- Or if you are not a fan of this liquid mixture, you can also use the oil from nutmeg mixed with a small amount of olive oil to massage on your forehead before going to bed.
4. Reducing joint and muscle pain
Nutmeg is also known as a natural pain-relieving remedy. The nut contains a high quantity of such as myristicin, elemicin and eugenol. These oils act as essential volatile oil that could not only help to sharpen your mind and reduce nerve tension but also can reduce joint or muscle pain. These oils have their own anti-inflammatory and alleviate characteristics. In addition, they could also prevent and alleviate swelling or even infections.
- So if you are suffering from joint or muscle pain, just a small amount of the essential oil mixed with carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil on the affected area could help you feel better day by day.
- Or another way to get benefit from nutmeg is adding it into your food while you are cooking. This could help you to reduce inflammation and related pain.
5. Acne treatment
Nutmeg has long been used in herbal medicine as a treatment to sustain the skin health and appearance. The seed contains in it a prominent quantity of antioxidants. It sounds really amazing, right?
There are no other artificial skin care products can do it with your skin better than nutmeg. These antioxidants acts in a lot of different ways to prevent acnes and boost your skin conditions. They can reduce the rapid multiplication of free radicals, thus, help to prevent inflammation or even irritation on your skin due to acne breakouts.
Not only preventing acne, but also if you have any scars left by acnes on your face, a tablespoon of nutmeg oil could help you in this case. Then these annoying scars that make you feel less confident would start being smaller and less visible on your skin little by little.
So how to use this amazing nutmeg in a right way to get the higher result of your skin health? Do these two ways once a day for several days then you could see the obvious change on your skin.
- Take the same amounts of raw honey and nutmeg powder. Then leave the mixture on the inflammatory area on you skin. After 20 minutes, you can wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Another way you can do is mixing a half of teaspoon of powdered nutmeg with raw milk. Then you should also leave it on the acne-affected area for 30 minutes and use lukewarm water to wash it off.
6. Improving the digestion in human body
Nutmeg has various beneficial properties for your digestive tract.
First of all, the content of its fibers could help to promote the digestive process by inducing the peristaltic contraction of the intestinal smooth muscles.
Secondly, it also could stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes and numerous gastric, intestinal juices. As the result it could improve your chronic digestive problems that you have been facing for a long time. Moreover, the high quantity of essential oils contained in nutmeg have a carminative effect on the digestive system.
So if you are suffering from nausea, indigestion, vomiting or even bloating, nutmeg is definitely a perfect natural home remedy for you to eliminate these annoying diseases. In addition, it also can be used to treat patients with Crohn’s disease to improve the symptoms of the disease.
One more interesting about this benefit of nutmeg is that it can be use not only for diarrhea as a fast-acting treatment, but also for frequency constipation.
All you need to do when it comes to some problems with your digestive system is putting a pinch of nutmeg into your soups and stews. Enjoy it daily then you can see the result.
7. Preventing tooth decay and improving the oral health
As I mentioned before there are numerous properties in nutmeg that make it one of the highest nutritional nuts. One of those properties is antibacterial. So how does nutmeg affect our oral health?
Tooth decay is not a strange term for all of us nowadays. A number of food particles that remain in the mouth causes tooth decay with a bad smell and makes you feel less confident. Bacteria are attracted by those food particles to the mouth and cause halitosis, also known as bad breath, as well.
But with nutmeg, this is not a big deal anymore. Nutmeg has a strong ability to deal with this annoying condition. It can kill the harmful bacteria effectively in the oral cavity to prevent tooth decay, or even halitosis. The seed can also improve the immunity of your gums and teeth. This is the reason why in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, you can find the extracts of nutmeg as an essential component.
So now you want to maintain your oral health with this amazing nut but you do not know exactly the way to use it? Let me show you.
- You can brush your teeth with the mixture of a little nutmeg powder and a small amount of oregano oil. It would be much better if you repeat this several times per week.
- It is also not much complicated to use nutmeg oil as a mouthwash. You just need to put a few drops of nutmeg oil in a glass of lukewarm water. Such a simple way to deal with an embarrassing condition like bad breath, right?
8. Boosting the immune system
We all know that micro and macro nutrients play a key role in immune system of our bodies. And now we got a small seed but with the whole nutrients portions included inside. How amazing it is!
Nutmeg could improve the immunity due to these essential minerals and vitamins. These vitamins and minerals contribute to the antioxidant reactions and could help us to fight illnesses. Moreover, these antioxidants restrain the development of free radicals and prevent internal infection.
Before we get so far from the main topic, let me come back to talk about the main micro and macro elements that we can find easily in nutmeg. They are potassium, calcium, and iron. They are the keys for the whole immune system in our bodies. They carry out the antibacterial reactions (that we will discuss more details later), help the body fight against bacteria, boost immune system and as the result, maintain our health.
- Mix a little nutmeg with milk, tea or soup to improve your immunity everyday.
9. Aiding detoxification
Maintaining a healthy detoxification system within your body is always the best thing you can do for your health. None can neglect the massive amazing power of human liver. But an additional help is not that useless, of course, to make sure that everything is going on in the right way or even in a much better way for your body.
For that reason, nutmeg is the best decision you can make for your health due to its rich portions of antioxidants. These antioxidants in nutmeg can also help your kidney during filtration process of blood by activating enzymes and taking part in the process of removing toxic compounds inside your body.
Furthermore, Magnesium in nutmeg plays an essential role in detoxifying cells. It is known as the best detox aid to eject harmful metals from human body.
So if you really want to remove all of toxins out of your body and maintain your health with well-functioning kidney and liver, then it is recommended to add nutmeg to your diet, especially everyday but with a small quantity.
10. Antibacterial agent
As I mentioned several times before about the strong antibacterial properties of nutmeg. So now let’s a look more detailed how it works inside our bodies.
The main function of these antibacterial properties is the treatment for a lot of different types of bacterial infections. One of volatile essential oils we all know now in nutmeg is myristicin, or myristic acid. This amazing oil keeps a large portion inside nutmeg that carries the ability to fight against several types of bacterial and protect our bodies from their infections.
To prove this theory, in 2013, a study was published in the Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Scientists reported that there were nearly 32 compounds included in nutmeg. These compounds play a key role in the antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of nutmeg in our bodies.
- The best way to get benefits from these antibacterial properties of nutmeg is having a pinch of nutmeg powder mixed with a glass of lukewarm water or milk and drinking it once everyday.
Although this small nut has numerous benefits for human healthy in all terms, you still have to control the amount of nutmeg you consume daily. If you take it in excess, it would be toxic even. In addition, it can lead to psychoactive effects and cause some problems such as hallucinations, narcotic effects or even agitation. It does not stop there, a huge unnecessary amount of nutmeg consumed also could lead to intense nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, palpitation, dizziness, and dry mouth as side effects.
So please pay attention that you should not take more than a half of teaspoon of nutmeg powder a day. Use nutmeg as a spice and keep the amount under control, then you can see the highest benefits ever with this amazing seed.